Professor André Samson is a member of an international team of 10 researchers led by Philippe Robeay, a professor in the Faculty of Medicine and a child psychiatrist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. The team is carrying out a research project to implement a Canadian shared care model for ADHD in China. The model, developed by Robeay, involves parents and school staff in treating children living with ADHD.
Samson brings his expertise and experience in qualitative research to the project. He will introduce researchers and other actors in Shanghai and Beijing to this qualitative research process, which improves how families and schools work together. In partnership with educational psychologists, the research team will first assess teachers’ knowledge and perceived needs. Then, it will implement a strategy to monitor ADHD problems in school, and propose effective means to educate parents and teachers about ADHD. Robaey’s approach will also help Chinese interveners improve their ADHD treatment methods, in order to meet the various challenges associated with treating child and adult ADHD. The project is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research ($870,000) and the Chinese government ($1,000,000).